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Voting Under Way In Azerbaijani Presidential Election

Voting is under way in Azerbaijan's presidential election, in which President Ilham Aliyev is expected to easily win a third five-year term in office. Opinion polls ahead of vote showed Aliyev far ahead in a field of 10 candidates. A coalition of opposition parties has united for the first time behind a single candidate, Camil Hasanli, a 61-year-old historian.

A woman leaves a voting booth at a polling station in Baku.
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A woman leaves a voting booth at a polling station in Baku.

Election officials (left) and local observers listen to the national anthem as the polling station opens for voting in the presidential elections in Baku.
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Election officials (left) and local observers listen to the national anthem as the polling station opens for voting in the presidential elections in Baku.

A man casts his ballot during the presidential election in Baku.
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A man casts his ballot during the presidential election in Baku.

People cast their ballots during the presidential election in Baku.
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People cast their ballots during the presidential election in Baku.

People leave the voting booths during the presidential election at a polling station in Baku.
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People leave the voting booths during the presidential election at a polling station in Baku.

A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Baku.
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A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Baku.

A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Baku.
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A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Baku.

President Ilham Aliyev arrives at a polling station in Baku to vote on October 9.
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President Ilham Aliyev arrives at a polling station in Baku to vote on October 9.

Presidential candidate Camil Hasanli casts his ballot at a polling station in Baku.
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Presidential candidate Camil Hasanli casts his ballot at a polling station in Baku.

Presidentia candidate Camil Hasanli speaks to journalists after voting in Baku.
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Presidentia candidate Camil Hasanli speaks to journalists after voting in Baku.

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